For a long time personal computers have stood apart from many of the other electronic devices, such as TVs, cars and telephones that we use.
Never do we have to wait for the car to boot up before we can get in and drive, nor do we have to wait for the TV to finish a power-on-self-test before we can veg out in front of it.
Instead, these devices are ready to do our bidding the moment we sit behind the wheel or rescue the remote from behind the cushion.
By contrast, our home PCs are downright surly when woken and take their own sweet time to get ready to accept our mouse clicks.
But that reluctance may be about to change.
So said Justin Rattner who as Intel’s chief technology officer should be in a position to know.
“We are at a very interesting point in terms of the products we can make,” he said, during a rare visit to the UK. “Anything we can imagine we can build, we are no longer really limited by the technology.”